In 1996, there was a battle between Atlanta and Athens for the organization of the last Olympic Games of the twentieth century. It would have been a beautiful mythical moment if the games where celebrated there where the story began, one century ago. But the gods of Olympia were not enough powerful against the wonderful facilities created by the American city. One of these facilities was the Centennial Olympic Stadium.
We would like then to make an analysis of the Centennial Olympic Stadium project that was built in two years, from 1994 till 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It was agreed between the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, Inc. ("ACOG") and the Metropolitan Atlanta Olympic Games Authority ("MAOGA").
In our paper, we are going to explain the reasons behind the success of this huge project. Particularly, we will draw you attention on the successful management and control of time, budget and functions. One of the most important roles was the choice of companies that would participate into management and construction of the stadium. Thus, we are going also to write about them.
[...] Therefore, we can say that the Centennial Olympic Stadium was not a failure. Budget The budget for the construction of the stadium was $ 207 million which was provided by the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, ACOG. There was an additional $23 million from the Braves although this was hoped to be kept for the restructuring of the stadium into the Baseball Ground. The $230 million dollars total budget was not only for the building and the change into the Braves new home but also for the razing of the Atlanta- Fulton Stadium and the re-ordering of that site. [...]
[...] Its objectives were to ensure timely identification of inter-program issues, provide a forum for discussion and resolution of these issues, provide a mechanism for tracking the resolution process and for communicating any decision regarding the issue through all management levels of the organization. Throughout all phases of planning, multi-functional concerns and issues were addressed through Draper & Associates facilitated discussions with all interested and affected parties. These discussions were used to address issues of program and customer group priorities, resource allocations, process/system design and implementation and venue development. Conclusion There are several reasons why, in taking factors of time, quality, and budget, we may conclude that the Centennial Olympic Stadium is a successful project. The project was undoubtedly completed on time. [...]
[...] Another flaw of the Centennial Olympic Stadium was that the venue design did not provide a warm-up track for the Olympic track and field athletes. During the Games, the athletes' regular routine was thrown off. Instead of being able to warm-up at an adjacent field and then walking into the main stadium, they were transported together in a van from a warm-up track that is 800 meters away from the stadium. The Atlanta organizers did not perceive this as a problem. [...]
[...] Facility Constructors Construction of the world-class Centennial Olympic Stadium was headed up by three companies: Beers Construction Co., C.D. Moody Construction Co., and HJ Russell. Beers Construction Company of Atlanta, Georgia, offers general construction and construction management services. The company is one of the United States' largest construction companies. It has conducted projects such as the Georgia Dome, Hard Rock Cafe Live, the new Airside at Tampa International Airport, and Disney's Celebration office buildings. Likewise, C.D. Moody provides general construction, design-building and construction management services for clients throughout the southeast of the United States. [...]
[...] Project Description & Functions In winning the bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympics, the city of Atlanta took advantage of the opportunity to create a world-class stadium, the Centennial Olympic Stadium, capable of handling the Games and then being able to be converted into a baseball stadium afterwards to a 45,000- seat baseball facility that will serve as the new home of the National League Atlanta Braves. The site chosen for its location was a former Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium parking lot. [...]
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